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Small Apartment Living

As you may already know, I decided to rent an apartment over living in my home that was already paid for. Everyone thought I was nuts when I made the decision to rent, especially my mom who has since made the same decision I did (and is enjoying not having to worry about the maintenance and upkeep of a home and lawn). At this stage in my life, I prefer convenience over all else. When I decided to move, I started hunting for the perfect location because to me, that was more important than the apartment itself. After living in the country and having to travel 30+ minutes in any direction to shop, I wanted to live up close and personal to several businesses; library, post office and grocery store. I’m a bookworm. I read on a daily basis. I’ve been known to stay up all night reading if I luck up and find a really good book. So, I wanted to live close to a library. Preferably one within walking distance. Because I do product reviews, I wanted to live near the post office. I receive a lot of packages on a daily basis and again, I wanted to be within walking distance if possible. I also wanted to live close enough to a store that I could walk to my destination. Who wants to drive 30 miles to get a gallon of milk? There were times when I thought it would be more convenient to buy a milk cow. Moo.

Due to failed back surgery, it’s important that I walk every day to try to strengthen my back. When I lived in the country, I was so far from everyone and everything and nothing really motivated me to walk. I knew that if I found the right neighborhood, I would have the motivation I needed. I’m happy to say that I’m in walking distance of everywhere I wanted to be and I have been walking daily as the doctor suggested. I love discovering every area of my new little town and I’m thrilled that I live within a block of a library, a post office and a little country store.

While I’m in my choice location, my apartment is really small and it’s taken some getting used to. In all honesty, I’m still trying to get used to it by finding ways to utilize my space. Pinterest has the best ideas for small apartment living and as you can see from my Pinterest small apartment living board, it can be achievable with a vision and a plan.

Follow Shabby Chic Boho’s board Small Apartment Living on Pinterest.

My decorating tip for today is to eliminate any space you aren’t using and turn it into an area that you can use. I chose to eliminate my dining space and I turned it into a small TV area. I used white wicker (painted by my mom) to make the area appear larger and I’m pleased with the results. The kids have enough room to hang out and watch TV or play their games. The wicker furniture it open giving my space a roomier look even though it’s the tiniest area of my home. I was originally excited about having an area to have a large table for the holidays but in hindsight I’d rather have a space for the kids to hang out than a {mostly} unused room. Utilizing every area can be done with some thought and planning. My apartment is still a work in progress and hopefully with any luck, I’ll be able to continue to find ways to make it workable. I really do love this area and that’s all it will take to make me determined to find ways to enjoy downsizing and make use of my space.

Small Apartment Living

Small Apartment Living

Small Apartment Living

Small Apartment Living

Small Apartment Living

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7 Comments

  1. OnceUponAMaritime

    November 28, 2014 at 11:29 am

    I’m not the best when it comes to decorating, I have no clue!

  2. Nancy

    November 28, 2014 at 2:31 am

    I haven’t got a clue as for decorating. I try my best at buying only the style of things that I like, and decorating with textures in the same colour if that makes sense. I’m sort of in the same boat as you!

  3. Franc Ramon

    November 28, 2014 at 1:12 am

    I too prefer to rent for convenience. I can save a lot of time that way. I can use that time to exercise or take a walk like you do.

  4. Carol Luciano

    November 27, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I agrree completely about “convenience”. At a certain point you find it becomes to much of a burden to take care of all the responsibilities of having a home. Pinterest is fantastic when it comes to small space living and how to make the most of it. Thanks for sharing.
    Carol L

  5. carra d

    November 27, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    I’m moving to NYC next month. I’ve always loved LIVING in apartments but have been lucky with having them be pretty decent size. My top bid storage … one of my couches pulled out but intimately did that underneath there was some space so I put extra blankets. Also I know some friends that have put shelves over the door frame for extra storage space like in the bathroom for toilet paper or towels.

    1. Terri Ramsey Beavers

      November 28, 2014 at 8:15 am

      Thank you for the tips, I need to add some more shelves, I have tall ceilings to there is plenty of room to add them. Going up instead of out is a great idea.

  6. Erica Brooks

    November 27, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    You’ve got some good ideas. I try to use vertical space as much as possible when I decorate small areas in my home.

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